Triptides are just great and I'd be prepared to go into battle with anyone who says otherwise. They play superb jangle-some '60s inspired guitar pop with nods to the Byrds, REM and Pink Floyd. Their last album 'Azur' saw them at the top of their game so our entire office is on tenterhooks waiting for this to hit.
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As I put the needle on the vinyl something happened to me that hasn't happened all year- I got genuinely excited. I love Triptides and particularly their previous album 'Azur' and unlike most recent records I'd heard not a note of this music on the internet in anticipation. So no wallowing and muttering that it's not as good as the last record or something else defeating. This is old school record listening.
I'm pleased to report then that it sounds like Triptides. What that means for your weekend is that opener 'Summer Is Over' is a brisk rattle through dreamy jangly pop that sounds rather like the Zombies on speed. They really do rattle along this lot. Thankfully they always put good '60s influenced melodies to their twirling guitars and enthusiastic drums. They marry a garage band aesthetic to hand crafted songs probably more so on this album than their previous records - everything is always sunny side up with the Byrds like chord patterns and the Hollies nous for pop harmony.
If there's any kind of gripe (and this really is nitpicking) is that it doesn't offer anything that I heard them do better on 'Sun Pavillion' or 'Azur'. There's more of a 60s garage feel here with nods towards Pink Floyd and the Chocolate Watch Band but there's nothing here that I'd say stands above their other work. It's just another good album of bright as a button guitar pop.
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